• Balancing people, planet and profit

We have a team of more than
24 000 employees worldwide.
We respect the natural environment in which we operate and limit our impact as far as possible.
Our Naspers Academy provides the latest and most relevant learning resources to all the employees.

Our Approach to Sustainability

Naspers' approach to sustainability is rooted in a detailed understanding of the factors that make it such a critical issue.
Among others, these factors include:


Naspers has diverse operations, ranging from printing plants to transactional internet platforms offering entertainment or products. Each type of business has a unique effect on the environment, requiring different responses to limit these impacts.

Through improvement and sustainable technological innovation, the group strives to create solutions that minimise its impact on the environment.

Our gross carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) is 175 367 (2013: 142 544) tonnes of CO2e. We measured direct emissions at locations across South Africa, Poland and Nigeria. Print operations remain the largest contributor (71%) to the group’s total measured carbon emissions.

How we do this


Risk assessments identify operations where our direct impact on the environment is most significant.

Print media accounts for 71% of total carbon emissions causing our most direct impact on the environment.

The internet businesses inherently have a lower impact on the environment. Through some of their trading activities, they stimulate buying and selling used or recycled goods in a paperless environment, and strive to make a difference, for example Allegro’s allforplanet initiative (Eco Christmas Tree project).

We use, where possible, advanced technologies to reduce our impact on the environment, and to measure and report on our carbon footprint.

A number of initiatives are reducing our carbon footprint and supporting our sustainability campaign.

Energy-efficiency initiatives include:

  • Movement-activated lights.
  • Energy-efficient air conditioners.
  • Consolidating data centres.
  • Power factor correction and load balancing.
  • Automatic hibernation of PCs.

Waste-management initiatives include:

  • Recycling office waste more appropriately, for example labelled waste dispensers.

Installing e-waste bins for customers and employees to safely dispose of obsolete electronic devices such as decoders, remote controls and PCs.

Our printing operations apply leading emission-reduction technology to minimise and responsibly dispose of waste.

Throughout our operations at Paarl Media, equipment is in place to collect and recycle dust particles from the printing process.

We monitor environmental compliance standards at our facilities and participate in third-party reviews.

Irdeto operates in line with ISO 9001 and 27001, with its implementation of both standards regularly audited by an external certification body.

Where possible, we use environmentally responsible energy sources, invest in improving energy efficiency and design energy-efficient facilities.

Paarl Media was the first African printing organisation to receive the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification. This is an independent international verification that printed products can be traced back from their point of origin to responsible, well-managed forestry, controlled and recycled sources.


Flagship Project  Dreaming of a greener Christmas, Eco Christmas Tree

According to recent research, not only does Christmas place additional demands on our bank balances, but it also places a strain our environment.


In the UK, for example, 8 000 tonnes of trees are cut down to produce 50 000 tonnes of gift wrapping paper. The weight of shopping and gift bags thrown away during Christmas totals 4m tonnes. And traditional Christmas lights with standard bulbs use approximately 99% more energy than LED lights.

In response, the All For Planet Foundation joined forces with the residents of Poznań, Poland, to build a Christmas tree using of thousands of plastic bottles.

With the local community’s support and involvement, the foundation’s greener Christmas campaign collected over 3 000 plastic bottles from over 400 people. The campaign also won support from businesses affiliated to the Poznań Brand Consortium as well as Poznań City Hall. The lights on the plastic Christmas tree were officially switched on in the presence of Poznań’s Mayor at a ceremony also attended by a representative from the foundation as well as the city resident who had collected most bottles.

The campaign also featured workshops on ecologically sound gift wrapping while after Christmas, the bottles were given a new lease of life as ecological pillows that were sold to support other All For Planet initiatives.